If you are new to AYF cheerleading, all cheerleaders participate in sideline cheering for football. D10 and D8 Girls perform an exhibition routine at the local cheer competition at the end of the season. Older cheerleaders, D12 and up participate in competitive cheering. Cheerleaders are expected to fully participate in games and exhibition / competition until completion of the season.
When are practices? Cheerleaders typically practice Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights 6:00-8:15. D10 and D8 practices will be adjusted once school starts.
When are games? Games are Saturdays, beginning approximately the last week of August and running through the end of the season. Yes, we cheer in the rain so a clear poncho is a great idea to bring to games. All cheerleaders are expected to be at all games. We have a strong connection with our football teams and we are proud to cheer for them. How does competition work?
Cheer competition is progressive from local (PYFCL) to regional to the national level. In order to advance to the next level, a team must earn 1st or 2nd place in their division. Teams who do not have competitors in their division must earn a minimum score. There is no “automatic advance”. Teams must perform their 2 ½ minute routine at their best. No second chances.
When is competition?
Local Competition is typicallyin October. Regional Competition is typically the middle of November. Locations vary year to year. Travel is usually required. National competition is held in Florida. It is usually the second week of December and will require absences from school.
What is included in the registration?
Sideline cheer shirt and shorts. Sideline bow and competition shoes. Competition teams require the girls to buy their uniform. Non-Competitive teams will be given loaner uniforms.
Are there any additional expenses?
The following items will be needed for non-competitive cheer: white tennis shoes for sideline. Competitive teams: competition uniform, competition bow. Travel to regional and national competitions will be funded by fundraising and family pay.
Tumbling Classes & Cheer Camps
Information will be provided to the families about available classes, camps, and clinics. These are optional yet highly encouraged.
Age Groups- age groups may be combined if neccessary